Trainer Bob Baffert can add to his record number of San Felipe Stakes victories when he sends out the top two favorites in the 2021 San Felipe Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The 68-year-old Baffert has won the San Felipe a record seven times, including last year with eventual Kentucky Derby winner Authentic. On Saturday, he'll attempt to win No. 8 with either Life is Good, the 4-5 favorite in the 2021 San Felipe Stakes odds, or Medina Spirit, who is 7-2 in the 2021 San Felipe Stakes field of seven.
The winner of the race will earn 50 qualifying points, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Run for the Roses. Post time for the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes is 5:45 p.m. ET. With the race featuring several highly-talented horses, you'll want to see what handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has to say before making any 2021 San Felipe Stakes picks.
Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' America's Day at the Races and co-host of the In the Money Players' Podcast, Kinchen won the National Horseplayers Championship Tour in 2015, a demanding, yearlong series of handicapping events across the country. That same year, he became the only player in history to have both of his entries qualify for the final table of the National Horseplayers Championship.
In addition, Kinchen has scored huge on some of racing's biggest days. Just two months ago, he finished second out of 418 contestants in the prestigious Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, which earned him $215,000 in prize money. After factoring in his profit on the races during the 14 Breeders' Cup races ($151,025.20), he took home more than $366,000.
It's no fluke, either. At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, he cashed for $150,000 after nailing a Pick 6 and a Pick 3 that paid $50,000.
Last week, he nailed a $100 win bet on Greatest Honour to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes, which paid $200. Those are just some of many eye-popping scores from Kinchen for SportsLine. Anyone who has followed him is up big.
Now, Kinchen has handicapped the San Felipe Stakes 2021, made his picks and formulated his bets. You can only see them here.
Top 2021 San Felipe Stakes predictions
Kinchen is high on Medina Spirit, who is listed at 7-2 in the San Felipe Stakes 2021 odds. A bargain $35,000 purchase last year, this son of Protonico already has earned more than $105,000. He is looking for his third career victory in four career starts.
In his last race, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Medina Spirit was forced to go to the lead from the rail and held on despite looking beaten several times down the stretch. "He was involved in a fast pace, had all the reason to lose, but he dug in on the inside and finished," Kinchen told SportsLine.
How to make 2021 San Felipe Stakes picks
However, Kinchen's top pick is a horse who "people are questioning" at the distance. Kinchen is confidently including this horse in his wagering, and so should you. He's sharing these picks here.
Which horse wins the San Felipe Stakes 2021? And which horse is a must-back? Check out the latest 2021 San Felipe Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's picks for the San Felipe Stakes.
|1||Life is Good||4-5|
|4||None Above the Law||30-1|
|5||The Great One||4-1|